Transcript for One mother says the Count the Kicks app saved her baby's life
We'll turn to you that "Gma" parenting aapp that helped save a baby's life tracking how often she kicked and Diane Macedo has that story. What it's all about. This mother says everything was completely Normal in her pregnancy until one day thanks to this app she noticed that something was off. Well, it turns out her baby was in real trouble. For Emily and Jeremy and 2-year-old Liam -- Nice. Reporter: -- Life with their new baby ruby is extra precious? We have a healthy baby girl and we could have had a burial instead. Reporter: Ruby is lucky to be alive and that's largely thanks to an app her mom says. It's called count the kicks aims to prevent stillbirths from recording their movements. Tap the footprint every time you feel a movement, a kick, a roll or a jab. Reporter: Used at the same time every day it tracks how long it takes to reach ten kick, helping mom learn what's Normal for her baby. We also send calendar and text reminders so moms are reminded to do it once a day in the third trimester. Reporter: One of a growing number of apps helping them through pregnancy and labor. For them it was going until last month. The kicks were not happen as frequently as they usually did and when she did move it was really like soft, subtle. Not like hard kicks like Normal. Reporter: Emily knew from the app her baby normally kicked ten times in under ten minutes so when she only logged three kicks in an hour she rushed to the hospital. All of a sudden they came in and said you're going to have an emergency c-section. Reporter: The umbilical cord wrapped around the baby three times limiting her move many. Doctors delivered ruby just in the Nick of time. Not only has ruby been saved but potential generations have been saved. She sleeps about 23 hours a day. Reporter: Four weeks later she is now hope, healthy and sleeping like a baby. Doesn't get much cuter than that. Now, the app was made in Iowa which is where that family is from but the creators say it's now spreading nationwide thanks in part to ruby. Since the news of her birth the app has gained more than 5,000 new subscribers, so, robin, the app saved ruby and by raising awareness she may end up saving many more. Oh, we love ruby. That little stretch that we all wanted to do when we saw that. Diane, thanks, Diane. Perfect. Dr. Ashton is back with us. You've delivered something like 1500 babies. Yes. Like ruby. How important is it to counsel women when they are pregnant, what to expect. It's a key part of what we do in the third trimester when we start talking to women about knowing what fetal movement, things they should be looking for and that's been done for decades, so normally what we tell people, first you have to learn how your baby, your fetus is moving. Every fetus has a different activity level in utero. We tell them to look for ten distinct movements over the course of a two-hour period at minimum and those can be sequential hours or interrupted hours and, you know, even though there is little data to support that fetal movement can actually prevent stillbirth, we do know that it's one way we can try to assess fetal well-being and that in an acute sense or other, they will have a different movement pattern. Just because you're creating more awareness doesn't necessarily mean you'll have a good outcome but in the case of ruby, so it's not one size fits all. Exactly. The awareness part is very importantment we heard here about the court being wrapped around the baby's neck. The reality is, unfortunately most of stillbirths are unexplained. And we also know that a lot of babies are born with the cord around their neck. My son was one of them and they actually do fine. The other thing I think is really important, robin, while we are trying to always increase awareness, we can't risk sending a message that women who have suffered stillbirth did so because they missed something or they're at fault because we know that that is not the true. So, again, if awareness goes up and lives can be saved, that's a good thing. All right. So in honor of ruby let's do the ruby stretch, everybody is like do the ruby stretch. All right, Jen, thank you.
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